When kids who’ve experienced abuse and neglect enter the care of the child welfare system, it can be a very traumatic and disorienting time, but it is never their fault. Often they are removed from their home quickly with no time to plan or pack, and nothing more than the clothes on their back and a few personal items.

Meet SILAS*,

a newborn who came into the care of the child welfare system at birth due to his mother’s inability to provide him with the care he needed. Coming into care directly from the hospital, SILAS did not have baby necessities ready and waiting for him at home as most newborns do.

In addition to being placed with foster parents, he was also provided with a backpack filled with comforting age-appropriate items thanks to the support of generous Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada donors and their support of the Stand Up for Kids Project. The comfort kit included things like a teddy bear, a baby blanket, and some essentials, like bottles and clothing.

“SILAS’ comfort kit is not only something that will provide him with security at this very young age,” said his foster parent.

“These items are his ‘baby things’ and will be a part of his personal history and memories.”

The Stand Up for Kids Project continues to break the barriers to a brighter future and create new possibilities for children and youth at risk of entering, growing up in, and transitioning out of the child welfare system. Learn more about the Stand Up for Kids Project here.

*Name has been changed to protect child’s identity.

About The Author

The Children's Aid Foundation of Canada funds programs to help Canada's most vulnerable children and youth, those who have experienced or are at risk of abuse and neglect, overcome the obstacles in life that prevent them from reaching their full potential. We are committed to giving ongoing support to those who need it most.

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